Wednesday, 30 March 2011

Planned Parenthood Exposed — Again!

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Cecile RichardsThe pro-life group Live Action may have uncovered evidence that refutes Planned Parenthood’s claims that it provides vital health services such as breast exams and mammograms to women — claims that Planned Parenthood puts forth each time lawmakers consider pulling its federal funding.

Live Action, already responsible for exposing Planned Parenthood last month for its support of child sex trafficking, has now released new recordings on YouTube which reveal that 30 Planned Parenthood clinics in 27 cities do not provide mammograms.

According to Live Action’s website:

Every Planned Parenthood, without exception, tells [the Live Action caller] she will have to go elsewhere for a mammogram, and many clinics admit that no Planned Parenthood clinics provide this breast cancer screening procedure. "We don’t provide those services whatsoever," admits a staffer at Planned Parenthood of Arizona. Planned Parenthood’s Comprehensive Health Center clinic in Overland Park, KS explains to the caller, "We actually don’t have a, um, mammogram machine, at our clinics."

The YouTube video begins, “In light of recent scandal and proposed federal budget cuts, Planned Parenthood has launched a multi-million dollar public relations campaign.” It then cuts to recordings of the various phone calls made to Planned Parenthood clinics that reflect a failure to provide vital healthcare services such as mammograms.

The recordings directly contradict claims put forth by Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards, who, in an appearance on the Joy Behar Show, declared that the Planned Parenthood defunding bill would deny “millions of women in this country” access to vital healthcare services including “basic family planning [and] mammograms.”

Similar assertions were made on the Planned Parenthood website. A March 9 press release found on the website insisted:

Among its many harmful provisions, H.R. 1 proposes to completely eliminate the national family planning program as well as prohibit Planned Parenthood from receiving federal funds for any purpose, including for preventive health care, lifesaving cancer screenings, breast exams, birth control, HIV testing and STD testing and treatment. [Emphasis added.]

Live Action President Lila Rose contends that the newest video is just one of many examples of the corruption at Planned Parenthood:

Planned Parenthood is first and foremost an abortion business, but Planned Parenthood and its allies will say almost anything to try and cover up that fact and preserve its taxpayer funding. It’s not surprising that an organization found concealing statutory rape and helping child sex traffickers would misrepresent its own services so brazenly, playing on women’s fears in order to protect their tax dollars.

Likewise, former Planned Parenthood Director Abby Johnson asserts that the recordings demonstrate that Planned Parenthood is not a comprehensive health care provider, as it contends:

For so long, PP has touted that they are a provider of mammogram services. This is just one of the lies that PP uses to draw people into their clinics. PP is not able to provide quality services on their own, so they are forced to lie to the public about services they don’t provide — and mammograms are just one of those services.

Live Action is utilizing the new recordings to renew calls to defund Planned Parenthood, particularly as the organization received $363 million in government money last year alone.

Photo of Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards: AP Images

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